Screen Gems will remake Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 acclaimed ensemble drama “The Big Chill” with an African-American cast reports Variety.
The original film followed seven college friends reuniting over a weekend at a South Carolina house for the funeral of a friend. As they get reacquainted, they become introspective about how their lives turned out.
The remake will likely be retitled, but use Kasdan’s original script as a template for a slightly more contemporary take. With the 90’s serving as the era in which these friends bonded, the music will be updated – but Motown classics are still expected to serve a key part.
Kasdan himself is not involved, but actress Regina King will serve as both producer and one of the stars. A writer and director are being sought in the hopes of going into production before year’s end.